Return Of The Native By Hardy

In Thomas Hardys The Return of the Native, the characters are responsible for
their own decisions and actions. Eustacia, Wildeve, and Mrs. Yeobright all make
choices that lead to the destruction of themselves and others. It is their
influence, not the heaths, that eventually leads them to their graves. From the
beginning Mrs. Yeobright is unhappy with the way things are, and is never happy
throughout the entire novel. She is unhappy that Thomasin is going to marry

Wildeve. She thinks that itís a step down in class than someone she should be
marrying. The tension between her and her son is immediate when she is irritated
that Clym is planning to stay on the heath. She had hoped that Clym and Thomasin
would be married, but he ends up marrying Eustacia to her disapproval. Then
sheís absolutely had it when Eustacia wonít let her in and she canít see

Clym. She runs off into the hot heath and eventually succumbs to heat, and adder
bite, and a "broken heart". Wildeveís ever love for Eustacia is what leads
to his death. He had always loved Eustacia. He plans to marry Thomasin, but when
they go to get married he "forgets" the marriage license. He eventually
marries Thomasin, but continues to have an affair with Eustacia at the same
time. He could not resist his passion for her, and their secret love is what
indirectly causes the death of Mrs. Yeobright. The main woman behind this
tragedy is Eustacia Vye. Her altering loves eventually links to all three of
their deaths. She first is having a secret relationship with Wildeve, but when

Clym comes back from Pairs, her dreams of one day going to Paris are possibly in
sight. So she goes after Clym. She marries him, but soon realizes that Clym is
never going back to Paris, so she goes back to Wildeve. Their deaths all fall
back on each otherís decisions. Because Eustacia and Wildeve were having an
affair, Mrs. Yeobright is turned away at Clymís home. Her hate of Eustacia,
hot-temperedness, and self-pity all lead her to wander across the scalding heath
and to her death. Because of Mrs. Yeobrights death, Clyms anger with Eustacia
depresses her pass her breaking point. She knows that she is going to be stuck
in Egdon Heath for the rest of her life and that because of the accidental
affects of her affair with Wildeve, her husband doesnít love anymore and he
doesnít want to see her again. This leads to her not caring if she lives or
dies, and she ends up drowning in the river. Wildeve is so broken up by this he
canít live without her and dies in the river once her hears what happened to
her. The heath is what killed them physically, but because they were living in
their own worlds, when one world came down it brought the others down with it.

Their choices, their deaths.